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It’s going to be a “growing” year for the Cardston Cougars.

After mounting a 12-1 record en route to the Alberta Provincial Tier 3 Championship title in 2013, the Cougars are taking things one step at a time this fall.

“We are going to take every game at a time,” explained Cougars Acting Head Coach Jim Fletcher.  “We will see where we end up for playoffs.”

Fletcher will serve as acting Head Coach as Byron Pierson will step back into an advisory role due to health reasons.  This is a return back to the helm as his previous stint was from 2004-2006.

Going into this fall season, the Cougars will rely on their key strength for success on the field.

“Our line both offence and defence are all returning starters,” assessed Fletcher.   “Great line equals great teams.”

A core of third year veteran starters on both sides of the ball will be the ones to watch for on the Cougars – quarterback Tanner Quinton, guard/defensive tackle Kyle Nish and tackle/nose tackle Cannon Millward.

The Cougars will bring their same style of offensive and defensive play onto the field that many have become accustomed to expect from the team.

“We will be a strong hard hitting defence and a physical offensive,” described Fletcher.

However, inexperience is one area the Cougars will have to address this season.

“We have young players who don’t have varsity experience in our stand up positions both sides of the ball,” explained Fletcher of the team’s main weakness.

In his assessment of the competition in the Southern Alberta Division, Fletcher said the Cougars are in for some stiff competition from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) Rams, Catholic Central Cougars and Raymond Comets.

“We have a very strong league which has four teams that are always strong,” commented the Cougars Acting Head Coach.  “This year it could be that the best team on game day will come out on top.”

Cardston Cougars logo


2013 RECORD: 12-1, ASAA Provincial Tier 3 Champions

HEAD COACH: Jim Fletcher (Acting – two years as acting head coach, previously served as Cougars Head Coach from 2004-2006)



KEY RETURNEES:  Tanner Quinton (quarterback), Kyle Nish (guard/defensive tackle, Cannon Millward (tackle/nose tackle)

Photo credit:

Tier 3 Championship – Prairie Post


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